If you’re a hiker, then you understand the importance of quality footwear. Whether you’re out for an afternoon or a couple of days, comfort and traction can make all the difference between a good time outdoors, or aÂ miserable time that you’d rather forget. For those that want the best for their feet, LOWA offers hiking boots handcrafted in Europe.
Since our focus this month is on walking, we’re presenting the new Tyro GTX Mid, from their All Terrain Collection. ItÂ comes with everything you could ask for in a boot – performance, comfort, and good looks. But don’t think of them as the Jeep Rubicon for your feet, as they’re not designed for the roughest, rockiest trails. The Tyro GTX Mid is more like one of those Mercedes SUVs – all about comfort, but still able to handle light off-roading with ease.
Each component has been carefully thought out to create the best boot possible. For instance, the midsole consists of a PU MonowrapÂ® Frame. Rather than bore you with the technical details of the patent, all you need to know is that it provides excellent lateral stability while keeping weight to a minimum.Â A full length nylon shank contributes to stiffness where it’s needed, as well as sticking to that reduced weight theme. I’m not going to claim that the perforations in the footbed cut down on weight, but they do allow your feet to breathe better, keeping them cooler longer. Speaking of cool, LOWA also holds a patent for their waterproof GORE-TEXÂ® lining. That seamless technology means reduced hot spots. All this goodness is wrapped in an attractive suede and cordura upper. The net result is a boot that is waterproof yet breathable, while providing all day comfort and lasting quality.
Priced at $175, they are available in full and half sizes from men’s US 7.5 to 11.5, and full sizes only 12-15. Any color you’d like, as long as it’s brown. www.lowaboots.com
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